The Poetry Object, 2016
Lycée Condorcet (also known as the International French School of Sydney) is a French-based public co-educational day school located in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney in Maroubra, New South Wales, Australia, catering to students from Preschool to Year 12.
Toby’s workshop will explore imaginative thinking and creative responses through the lens and catalyst of Poetry Object, our national competition that invites students to respond to talismanic objects. During this workshop, Toby will guide over 60 year 7 students in a series of exercises which use erasure and mistranslation of French literature in developing their individual poems.
Their poems will join thousands of poetic voices in our Poetry Object library.
Toby Fitch is poetry editor of Overland and program director for the Australian Poets’ Festival. He also works as a bookseller at Gleebooks, a teacher of creative writing at the University of Sydney, and runs the Sappho Books poetry night. His books of poetry include Rawshock (Puncher & Wattmann 2012), which won the Grace Leven Prize for Poetry, Jerilderies (Vagabond Press 2014) andThe Bloomin’ Notions of Other & Beau(Vagabond 2016). He lives in Newtown, Sydney.